Francis Davy

Francis Davy

Head of Māori Innovation

Māori Innovation

Supercharging the Māori Economy through innovation

Tēnā koutou katoa, He uri ahau nō Te Arawa waka, Ko Ngāti Whakaue me Ngāti Tūwharetoa ōku iwi, Ko Francis Davy tōku ingoa.

As the Head of Māori Innovation at Callaghan Innovation, my role perfectly aligns with my passion to unlock the potential of the Māori economy and improving the wellbeing and economic independence of our people.

I spent 16 years overseas based in the United Kingdom and Southeast Asia, and have held leadership roles in international development NGOs, NZ corporate and government agencies.

I am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and am proud to sit on the Board of Childfund NZ, supporting child wellbeing programmes with a focus on the Pacific region.

I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the growth of New Zealand's Māori economy and I'm eager to continue making a meaningful impact by sharing my expertise, leadership, and experience.

Areas of expertise
  • Māori business development
  • Export strategy
  • Business Innovation
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Third World Development with French (Hons First Class), University of East London, 2001
  • Master of Science (MSc) in International Development, Open University, U.K. 2009.
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Intermediate Māori Language 2, AUT.
  • Te Hapūtanga o te Reo (Kaupae 5), Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Memberships and awards
  • Chartered Member of Institute of Directors (IoD)
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